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A coal burning electrical power plant burns at 706 degrees celsius. Heat is exhausted into the river near the power plant; the average river temperature is 19 degrees celsius. What is the minimum possible rate of thermal pollution (heat exhausted into the river) if the station generates 125 MW of electricity?

*First, I found the efficiency to be .7 (1 - 292.15K / 979.15 K). I took .7 and plugged it into the equation Wasted power Pw = Po[(1/η) - 1] = 125E6*[(1/.7) - 1] = 53.6 MW

Another question I have is where does the equation above come from? Someone insisted that I use this equation but I have no ideal from where it is derived.

Thanks